..by Anura Guruge
>> Meredith, NH Community Yard Sale … — May 16, 2013.
Since we were coming in from the Weirs we started on Rt3 (Daniel Webster Highway) – I having stopped at a sale in Weirs even prior to that.
We started at the communal sale at the Meredith Chamber of Commerce Office, since we also wanted to get a map. The map was the only ‘downer’ as far as I could tell. It was atrocious and a number of folks who were doing yard sales commented on the negative remarks they had heard about it. It was atrocious. It appeared to have been created using computer technology from the mid-1980s! That the locations of the sales were handwritten on the map epitomized the woeful inadequacy of the thinking that had gone into creating this. I now remember that inadequate exploitation of technology was also the only ‘negative’ in what was overall an outstanding ‘Trick or Eat (Got Lunch)‘ event in Meredith in October 2012. C’est la vie.Having lived in Meredith (in what was the original, just 5 houses, ‘Mile Point’) for a few years, 1997 to 1999, I kind of know my way around and had a fairly intuitive idea as to where the sales would be — plus most, enterprisingly, had realized that they better have signs of their own to attract traffic.
We probably stopped at about 20 sales — in some cases being able to walk from one to another without having to get back in the van. We shopped until close to 1:30 pm. We did the top part of Rte 104, Annalee Place, Waukewan St., Hillrise Lane, Pleasant Street, Meredith Neck Road, Whittier Highway etc. By about 1:30 pm we were done and we had run out of money. For a change we stayed within ‘budget’ and we didn’t take any checkbooks with us (not that there was any money we could have drawn upon). Altogether we spent about $90. That was enough. We didn’t get anything outstanding. Lots of knick-knacks. Some oriental stuff, including an authentic Chinese coolie’s hat for me. The only thing that I needed, that I managed to get was a set square. I seemed to have lost the pretty nice wooden one I have had for 40 years. The one I got, for 50 cents, is plastic and rusted but the right-angle is still good.
So that was it. It was good to be back in Meredith. Nice folks, as ever. Didn’t meet anybody I knew, which is unusual. I guess they all left town to avoid the yokels.